Greg Ford selected as the new Dean of Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Greg Ford has been selected as GHC’s new Dean of Natural Sciences and Physical Education.
Ford holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN.
He will be joining GHC from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he lectured, conducted laboratory courses, and directed research laboratory experiments for students across the terms.
Additionally, he worked in the Morehouse School of Medicine during the summers, serving as Co-Director for the Neuroscience Institute summer program, tracking data on students and yielding a 10-year plus longitudinal study on student success.
During his tenure at Morehouse, Ford also served as a part-time faculty member at Georgia Highlands College.
Among the courses that Ford taught at Morehouse College were General Biology Lecture and Lab, Principles of Physiology, Principles of Neurobiology, Comparative Vertebrate and Invertebrate Anatomy, and Fundamentals of Bioinformatics. He has focused on "Just in Time Teaching" and "Transformative Assessment." He advised biology majors and served as the advisor to the Biology Club.
Ford was also a post-doctoral fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine through the American Psychological Association Neuroscience Program.
Ford's publications are extensive and may be found in Brain Research, Journal of Comparative Medicine, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Journal of Andrology, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and Neurobiology of Disease.
He has several research projects to his credit, among them a study to identify molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets of Traumatic Brain Injury with the Howard Huges Medical Institute and a fellowship aimed at identification and verification of Blood Biomarkers for Diagnosis and Treatment of Ischemic Stroke, while on a Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship.
He is the recipient of Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Regenerative Medicine Pilot Award, in which he studied The Effect of Oxidative Stress Protection on Neuroinflammation and Neurogenesis following Traumatic Brain Injury.
Additionally, Ford is the Educational Director for Promoting Our Worth as Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Innovative Technology (POWER-IT) Summer Academy sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Morehouse School of Medicine. POWER-IT is a year-round research-based intervention program that promotes Georgia high schoool students' education in advanced information and communication technologies (ICT). The POWER-IT Summer Academy provides high school juniors and seniors with an exciting eight-week-long program of pre-college activities at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Ford also works with science teachers in partnering schools to plan activities throughout the academic year. The goal of the program is to offer students opportunities to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).